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Osimhen emerges as top target to replace Mbappe at PSG

Osimhen emerges as top target to replace Mbappe at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain have earmarked Victor Osimhen as a potential replacement for Kylian Mbappe, who is anticipated to depart the club as a free agent during the upcoming summer transfer window, according to the Athletic.

After six years at the club, Mbappe is set to bid farewell as his contract with the French giants comes to an end in June.

Osimhen, who recently spearheaded the Super Eagles’ journey to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, has emerged as the primary candidate to fill the void left by the departing Frenchman. Reports suggest that PSG is prepared to activate Osimhen’s buyout clause to secure his return to France.

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Victor Osimhen

Osimhen showcased his talent during his stint with Lille in 2020, where he made a significant impact before moving to Napoli. Despite spending only one season in France, Osimhen left a lasting impression by netting 18 goals, a tally that could have been higher if not for the premature conclusion of the season due to Covid-19.

Since joining Napoli, Osimhen has continued his prolific form, scoring 67 goals in 119 appearances. His standout performance last season, which saw him bag 26 goals in 32 appearances, played a pivotal role in Napoli clinching their first domestic title in 33 years. Additionally, Osimhen made history by becoming the first African player to win the Italian Serie A Golden Boot award.

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Given PSG’s previous successful dealings with Napoli, including the transfers of notable players such as Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and more recently Fabian Ruiz, negotiations for Osimhen are expected to be facilitated smoothly.

However, PSG will need to allocate approximately €120 million to acquire the services of the Nigerian forward.

The Paris club will face competition from Premier League clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle united for his services.

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